Three articles in The Times this weekend tell all anyone needs to know about the state of the newspaper industry.
Daniel Wakin reports that papers around the country are shedding classical music critics. It is not that publishers suddenly care less about music; it is that papers are cutting staff left and right as they try to maintain profit margins while advertising declines in print editions and papers give away their content on the Internet.

David Dunlap notes in Week in Review that the Sunday edition was the last one put together in our 43rd Street offices, as we move to a grand new building contracted for in better times:

“But how can The Times maintain its gravity in the ether? How will it fulfill a commitment to thoroughness, accuracy and detachment if a premium is placed on speed, color and buzz? Can be produced to exactly the same standards as The New York Times? Should it be? If not, what will the new standards be?”

Finally, Richard Perez-Pena, who has been chronicling Rupert Murdoch’s efforts to take over Dow Jones, asks which newspaper company will be next. He says it would be this one but for the lock the Sulzberger family has on the company through super-voting stock and the Sulzberger family trust.

Our newsroom has largely escaped the cuts being made elsewhere. Wall Street thinks that is a mistake, and the depressed stock price reflects that opinion.

How long can this paper resist the tide? Will the Internet age bring the end of newspapers with the resources to do a quality job of reporting news, even as it allows anyone and everyone to voice their opinions?

It is an unsettling time that this paper has chosen to move to glorious new quarters.